Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center

Located along the shores of Longjohn Slough, the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center features beautiful views of the slough on the Black Oak and Farm Pond Trails and the wonderful nature center with neat exhibits and some live animals. It is also a birding hotspot.



Off Willow Springs Road in Willow Springs, Illinois. A detailed map may be found here.

Distance from Downtown Chicago

22 miles from the center of town

How To Get There

Bike, Walk, Drive, Metra Rail


There are accessible parking spaces, accessible bathrooms in the nature center and one accessible trail through a 6,000 square foot garden.

Things To Do

Birdwatching (egrets, herons, osprey, turkey vultures), Hiking (the Black Oak and White Oak Trails are recommended), Jogging, Visitor Center (Nature Center) and Wildflowers.

Fun Facts

The Little Red Schoolhouse was built in 1886 on a site along the Black Oak Trail. It was moved to its present location in 1952 and serves as part of the Nature Center.

Other Information

Restrooms are available near the parking areas and in the Nature Center.


Delicious Polish pastries are available at Witeks Bakery, 8807 W 95th Street, Palos Hills, Illinois.

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Nearby Public Lands Worth Visiting

Swallow Cliff Woods Forest Preserve which is described on this website

Best Time To Visit

All year

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